Updated: Nine and Ten lose cricket rights to Seven and Foxtel

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    Australian cricket is set for its biggest media shake-up in 40 years, with Foxtel expected to join with the Seven Network to broadcast the home summer of the sport.

    Cricket Australia (CA) will likely announce a six-year deal in Sydney on Friday afternoon, after Nine and the Ten Networks confirmed they’d lost the rights.

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    However Channel Seven are the big winners, with a new contract set to be signed on Friday to secure the network’s first coverage of the home international summer.

    “Seven West Media Limited (ASX:SWM) advises that it has been informed by Cricket Australia that it is the successful bidder with Foxtel,” the company said in a brief statement.

    Nine’s loss of cricket comes after it secured the rights to the Australian summer of tennis, beginning from 2020.

    It means the next international summer’s cricket fixtures will be the first to be played in Australia not broadcast by Nine since the late Kerry Packer took the game into the modern era.

    “Nine is immensely proud of our decades long association between Wide World of Sports and the game of cricket in this country,” a Nine spokesperson said.

    “We wish Cricket Australia and its new broadcast partners well for the future success of the game.

    “Cricket will continue to be a part of Nine’s schedule into the future with current deals in place covering the next Ashes series from England in 2019, the ODI World Cup in the UK in the same year and in 2020 the T20 World Cups to be held in Australia.”

    The deal – reported by News Corp Australia to be worth $1 billion, over six years – is a coup for CA, especially after fears last month’s ball-tampering saga could affect the rights value.

    Under the deal, it’s expected Pay TV provider Fox Sports will have exclusive rights to some BBL matches while simulcasting Tests and limited overs matches.

    A disappointed Network Ten chief executive Paul Anderson confirmed their offer had been rejected on Friday morning, after having televised the emergent Big Bash League for the past four summers.

    “We are disappointed that our bid for the cricket television rights was rejected,” Anderson said in a statement.

    “Network Ten turned the Big Bash League into the television phenomenon it is today and one of the most popular sports in Australia, a sport that all Australians were able enjoy for free.

    “We had planned to extend that innovation to other forms of the game.

    “Network Ten and our BBL team led by David Barham revolutionised the way cricket is broadcast in Australia and attracted new, younger viewers to the game.

    “At the same time, we invested heavily in the Women’s Big Bash League, broadcasting matches in prime time for the first time and raising its profile significantly.”

    Foxtel last broadcast the Big Bash League in 2012-13, when their deal also included other domestic competitions including the 50-over cup and Sheffield Shield final.

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    • April 13th 2018 @ 10:05am
      Damo said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      I don’t think there’s a single 9 commentator I would miss. Fox will likely raid the Channel 10 teams too.
      I can see the FTA BBL coverage being similar to the AFL where states will only see their home teams play rather than have access to all games on FTA.

      • April 13th 2018 @ 10:09am
        Sam said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:09am | ! Report

        Will miss Bill (HE’S OUT….GOT HIM!!!!) Lawry and Ian Chappell,the only ones left from the post-Packer era.

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          April 13th 2018 @ 11:21am
          Mango Jack said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:21am | ! Report

          You forgot to add the deathly silence that follows most of Bill’s exclamations, before he realises the batsman is not out after all. He’s a bit of a character though, unashamedly pro-Victorian.

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          April 13th 2018 @ 11:30am
          JamesH said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:30am | ! Report

          Lawry is an awful commentator. I might miss his voice from a nostalgia perspective, but that’s it.

          His repertoire existed entirely of (a) getting excited (and making mistakes) when Australia was playing well and (b) being all doom and gloom when Australia was playing poorly.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 1:51pm
            jameswm said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report


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        April 13th 2018 @ 1:21pm
        spruce moose said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        You’ll miss them the moment Basil Zempilas says “maximum”.

      • April 13th 2018 @ 1:36pm
        DB said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        Brayshaw is on 7 now.

        • April 13th 2018 @ 2:18pm
          Peter said | April 13th 2018 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

          Just imagine him and KP together. Would prefer pins in my eyes.

      • April 15th 2018 @ 12:42am
        Hammer50 said | April 15th 2018 @ 12:42am | ! Report

        Ya hoooo how fantastic to not have watch the cricket on channel9 with volume off.
        Yes Bill Lawrey is like a good wine as I think he realised some time ago that parochial , one sided commentary had a use by date. I hope the rest dont get picked up as they are loathed internationally …

    • April 13th 2018 @ 10:12am
      JohnB said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Amazing to think 9 had the cricket for 40 years – and that there can’t have been more than about 20 years of televised cricket in Australia before that.

      • April 13th 2018 @ 10:27am
        Lara said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

        The “Boys Club ” hopefully is over and a new era in cricket commentating can begin.

        • April 13th 2018 @ 10:45am
          Christov said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

          Ok I will bite – yes, can you please have commentators based on what their genetals are. Preferrably a 50:50 ratio and not based on merit or past cricket experience would be good. Cheers

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            April 13th 2018 @ 11:32am
            JamesH said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:32am | ! Report

            Lol as if the current Nine team is based on merit.

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              April 13th 2018 @ 12:53pm
              The Bush said | April 13th 2018 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

              Maybe cricketing merit… but not commentating merit.

              • April 14th 2018 @ 8:57am
                qwetzen said | April 14th 2018 @ 8:57am | ! Report

                Taylor, Slater & Nicholas being there shows that it’s not based on cricketing merit.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 11:33am
            Sam said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:33am | ! Report

            This is where I disagree.It SHOULD be based on merit and NOT gender.So in other words,out of 10 commentating positions,in your opinion,there should be 5 male and 5 female commentators,irrespective of their experience.And what about those males not chosen who have more experience than one of the 5 females chosen??

            • April 13th 2018 @ 11:47am
              Gus Paella said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:47am | ! Report

              Swing and a miss…

    • April 13th 2018 @ 10:23am
      Kangajets said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      Thank god , no more of channel 9 commentary

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        April 13th 2018 @ 11:42am
        Paul Dawson said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        I think more than a few people are rejoicing over that one

      • April 13th 2018 @ 12:45pm
        Timmuh said | April 13th 2018 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

        Let’s see who Seven use. Probably a mix of AFL commentators and recycled Nine blabbers.

        They could actually be worse. OK, probably not worse than Slater.

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          April 13th 2018 @ 12:54pm
          The Bush said | April 13th 2018 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

          Yes we should not get too excited about this – as the current American President keeps proving, things can always get worse.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 1:44pm
            Jackpott said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

            The one thing Trump has done well is that he has called out the media for being fake news.

            • Roar Guru

              April 13th 2018 @ 1:47pm
              Paul Dawson said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

              Yes, he’s certainly done more than any president to erode trust in institutions and encourage cynicism and contempt for positions of authority

              including his own

              • April 13th 2018 @ 3:04pm
                Rod said | April 13th 2018 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

                What you think that’s only occurred in the last 18months. The fact he got elected should have been a massive hint that people are fed up, and have been for well over a decade.

              • April 13th 2018 @ 3:56pm
                TheCunningLinguistic said | April 13th 2018 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

                So are you saying that we should rejoice that the orange buffoon is the President, especially as he’s ‘draining the swamp’? And by ‘draining’, I mean back-filling it with like-minded cronies and sycophants. Yay…

          • April 13th 2018 @ 2:44pm
            Mike Dugg said | April 13th 2018 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

            Always great on a sports forum to bring up foreign politics isn’t it? Spare us the diatribes please

            • Roar Guru

              April 16th 2018 @ 3:22pm
              The Bush said | April 16th 2018 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

              You consider that a diatribe?

    • April 13th 2018 @ 10:33am
      P Air said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

      Now lets take the NRL off them too

    • Roar Guru

      April 13th 2018 @ 10:44am
      Rellum said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      Is this not a reduction on the current deal of $200mil a year with less games on FTA? Or were they hoping to get $200 mil and only end up with $166mil a year. Either way this does not seem like a win to me.

      The old BBL was on fox was it it not and look what happened to that.

      • April 13th 2018 @ 10:57am
        Bakkies said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        The ACB also have to on sell their overseas rights. Wasn’t a fan of them selling the rights to BT instead of Sky. Sky now have a dedicated Cricket channel. When BT had the Ashes they had to use a free lance commentary team.

        • Roar Guru

          April 13th 2018 @ 11:06am
          Rellum said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:06am | ! Report

          They would have done that before as well.

        • April 13th 2018 @ 1:37pm
          Ed said | April 13th 2018 @ 1:37pm | ! Report


          On another sport – rugby – with increased funds recently paid for tennis and cricket rights, the well becomes even drier for those who clamour for a domestic competition on free-to-air television.

          What will be interesting to note is will this move on cricket rights lift the share of Australian household’s connected to Foxtel?

          • April 13th 2018 @ 2:21pm
            Bakkies said | April 13th 2018 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

            FOXTEL are pitching $600 million for the Cricket rights.

            • April 13th 2018 @ 3:39pm
              Ed said | April 13th 2018 @ 3:39pm | ! Report


      • April 13th 2018 @ 5:33pm
        Joey b said | April 13th 2018 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

        According to Sutherland, there will be more cricket on FTA than ever before.

        A big win for women’s cricket! Woo hoo! Nothing more riveting than watching slow full toss ‘nothings’ being bowled, followed by a swing and a miss, or a nick going straight up into the air only for a sitter to be dropped by the keeper. It’s comedy gold!

        • April 20th 2018 @ 5:29am
          Zozza said | April 20th 2018 @ 5:29am | ! Report

          I have to agree. Womens cricket is utter crap, and best left for the dustbin.

    • April 13th 2018 @ 10:44am
      The Bald Messiah said | April 13th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      Taking the tests and ODI’s off Channel 9 is a great result, their commentary has been terrible for years now.

      Taking the BBL off Ten is a bad move. A large part of the appeal of the BBL is being able to watch every game without Foxtel. Now you will have to pay to watch your team play.

      It doesn’t work for Super Rugby and it will damage the BBL.

      • Roar Guru

        April 13th 2018 @ 11:12am
        Mango Jack said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:12am | ! Report

        It seems only some BBL games will go to Fox, but no detail yet.

        • Roar Guru

          April 13th 2018 @ 2:09pm
          Ryan H said | April 13th 2018 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

          Will they be simulcast to 7 or will this only be for international matches?

        • April 13th 2018 @ 3:33pm
          Jordan said | April 13th 2018 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

          All but 16 games with be on channel 7